Young Persons White Ribbon event

Date: 
10 December, 2014

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10 December 2014
 
For immediate release
 
Young Persons White Ribbon event
 
Young people involved with Women’s Aid ABCLN held a “Young Persons White Ribbon event” on November 25th to mark the 16 days of action at their Cornerstone Building in Antrim.
 
The White Ribbon Campaign is an international campaign, started by men in 1991 who believed more should be done to highlight their condemnation of violence against women. Wearing a White Ribbon is a symbol the wearer pledges ‘never to commit, condone or stay silent about violence against women’.   
The Young Persons White Ribbon event is one of various planned events organised during ‘The 16 Days of Action’ from 25th November – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women until 10th December, International Human Rights Day.
The event, led by Young People who actively participate in the organisation, showcased a short film they produced with “Fixers” during the summer. Working with Fixers (the national movement of young people ‘fixing’ the future), their campaign was to raise awareness of the impact of living with Domestic Violence.  Statistics show that children and young people’s education is impacted upon by 80% as a result of living with Domestic Violence, and the young people involved want to challenge their schools to respond to this issue.  
 
 
The young person who took the lead role in the film says:
“I was fortunate to play the lead role in this short film, and I am very proud of it. It has really helped with my confidence and self-esteem. Hopefully this short film can be used to raise awareness amongst teachers in school.  Domestic violence is a serious issue that needs to be addressed”.
Claire Allen, project coordinator says “we are extremely proud of the young people involved in this short film. It is a vital tool which should be used to inform teachers on the prevalence of domestic violence”. 
 
The event also showcased art work carried out by artist Stevie Lee, (funded by the Youth Justice Agency).  The initiative for the artwork was to enhance the Cornerstone building in Antrim to make it more welcoming and child friendly. The artwork has been carried out over the last 6 months and children and young people accessing the service were involved with designing the walls. The final result is terrific and makes a real difference to the centre.  Stevie Lee says
“on completion we feel very proud and privileged to have completed work for such an important organisation. The external mural was enhanced whenever some of the Women in attendance suggested a type of flower to be drawn on the wall, which we assisted and helped them colour each flower. There is a now a sense of ownership with the women that attend the centre.I also admired the dedication of the staff with the visitors.”
 
Women’s Aid presented certificate to 5 “Women of influence”.  They have made a difference to the women, children and young people living with domestic violence.  Chief Inspector Natalie Wilson in Antrim, Inspector Alison Ferguson in Ballymena, Olive Buckley, GP Carrickfergus, Gerardine Mulvenna, Councillor in Larne and Sergeant Sharon Wishart, Newtownabbey were all acknowledged for their continued support to Women’s Aid ABCLN.
Women’s Aid ABCLN are continuously looking for Volunteers to help support their service. If interested please contact Laura, Volunteer Coordinator on 07568106373 or alternatively email laura.dillon@womensaidabcln.org.
Anyone experiencing domestic violence can also access support by calling the 24hr Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline on 0808 802 1414
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For further information contact Laura Dillon, Women’s Aid ABCLN or email: 
 
Laura Dillon laura.dillon@womensaidabcln.org
 
Notes to Editor
 
Women’s Aid is dedicated to providing refuge, support, information and training to women and children who are suffering abuse within the home.  
 
For more information about our work visit: www.womens-aid.org.uk
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